Statements | April 6, 2017 | Read Time: 3 minutes
Labeling Food and Ingredients Developed from GM Seed
Our View on Food Labeling
The food we put on our tables reflects our history, family, and culture. We understand consumers want to know more about their food, like where it comes from and how it’s made. As consumers ourselves, we believe accurate disclosure of information about food can provide access to information regarding GMOs, sustainability, sourcing, and more via a SmartLabel™ and other tools.
Each country determines its local regulations. In the United States, we are one of more than 1,100 food and agriculture organizations that supported the bipartisan National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Law which was enacted in 2016. We believe a consistent national standard, once implemented, will help consumers make informed choices about the food we buy and eat.
We have historically opposed the alternative state-by-state patchwork of laws because they often create confusion and drive up food costs for consumers and families, small family-run businesses, and growers/farmers of our food.
Regardless of the label, the safety of our products is our priority. The American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization (WHO), multiple regulatory agencies and scientific organizations around the world have all concluded that foods ingredients and products developed through biotechnology (or genetic modification—GM) are as safe as their conventional counterparts.
Our Role in Food Production
Food production starts with a seed, and this is where much of our business is focused. We produce a wide variety of seeds, including conventional and biotechnology (or GM) seeds for all types and sizes of farms around the world.
As an agricultural company, we are proud to serve our farmer customers, who grow high-quality crops that contribute to a safe, healthful and sustainable food supply. We believe farmers and consumers should have a broad range of product choices in the marketplace.
We recognize some are interested in the role of biotechnology in agriculture and our food supply, as well as its safety and benefits, and we are committed to continuing to share this information. Over the last two decades, seeds improved through biotechnology have become the preferred choice of millions of farmers globally because of their benefits. We label all of our seed products because it ensures that farmers are aware of what they buy and plant.
In the United States, various stakeholders have offered inputs on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) draft rule to implement the U.S. National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Once the rule is finalized, companies will be given a period of time to comply.
We recognize the importance of finding common ground and collaborating for the coexistence of all types of farming practices. We know that conversations about food will continue—around dinner tables, among families and friends, in the aisles of food stores around the world and online. We look forward to participating in the conversation and welcome a collaborative discussion.